There’s an enemy stopping you from reaching higher levels of success that you’ve probably never been told about before.

It’s an enemy of mine, of all of us, and whenever we try to achieve or improve anything, whether it’s our health, our mind, our growth, our finances, our relationships… it’s a force that will come and try to STOP us from reaching our accomplishments.

The enemy is RESISTANCE

It affects us all as human beings. And the closer you get to achieving your goal, the greater the resistance.

Let’s look at a form of resistence we’ve all used before:

A lack of time.

Imagine an opportunity arising that will take your business to the next level, but it will take a large amount of your time to make it happen.

You’re going to say that you don’t have enough time. With the phone ringing, your smart-watch buzzing and emails coming in, all fighting for your attention, it’s easy to believe you’ll never have time to do the tasks you want to do.

But is the difference between you, and those whose careers you look up to, the fact they have more time than you do?

Or is the truth that it’s never a problem of time?

The entrepreneurs’ REAL problem

If it isn’t an issue of the time you have, then what sets those who do take on those big dream opportunities apart from those who don’t?

It always comes down to priority and focus.

Lots of people wake up and check their emails, or their social media, inviting their time to be stolen by the unknowns that will come from whatever they’re about to look at.

Sound familiar? From that point, you’ve lost control for the rest of the day.

How to resist the resistance

The best way to start the day is to start with the things that will actually move you forward, before you’ve looked at any of your inboxes.

It sounds easier said than done. your knee-jerk response might be, “what if somebody needs me? What if it’s urgent? What if a client needs me?”

But imagine that you’re in a very important strategy meeting with a client to help them move their business forward. Would you check your messages or answer your phone?

Of course not! You’d be giving your client all your time and energy.

With this in mind, it’s possible to reframe your thinking around your own priorities. Set the intention to give everything you do all your time and energy, not just the things you do for your clients.

Start your day with your phone in another room, and don’t look at it for at least the first hour of the day.

Remember, if someone really needs you, if there’s really an emergency, they’ll call you, or find a way to get in touch with you, and it won’t be over a text or an email.

Valuing your time shouldn’t mean you’re chargning clients based on time. I explain 10 reasons why, and how to change this here.

James Ashford

James Ashford

James is the Founder of GoProposal, Director of MAP., Keynote Speaker & Bestselling Author of "Selling to Serve". He helps accountants and bookkeepers around the world to price more profitably, sell more confidently and to give significantly more value to their clients.